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Use term limits to end lifetime legislative stints

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

There are many opinions regarding what’s wrong with our government and what could be done to improve it. Everyone has a different opinion of what the government’s functions should be (what government is or isn’t doing for us).

There are those who would advocate for bare-bones services to save on taxes, and those who would say enough isn’t being done and more taxes are needed.

Those of us who have worked hard for what we have are reluctant to see our labors siphoned off for the benefit of those who, we feel, haven’t tried as hard as they could have.

These are complicated and different views that our legislators – state and federal – have to try to balance. In no way would I minimize their job; I am, however, concerned about what appears to be the main function of our leaders: keeping their party and themselves in office.

In less complicated and complex times, this self-serving attitude may not have mattered that much. But this is a different day. America needs those who have the fortitude to make tough decisions. This won’t happen as long as our leaders can become lifelong members of those elected positions.

Both parties are at fault, and we’re all being played for fools. Why wouldn’t these dukes and duchesses of our legislative bodies want to remain lifelong members? The perks are unparalleled to anything we, the majority of taxpayers, will ever experience.

Plus, they have the ability to exempt themselves from any laws they create. No matter how badly these legislators bungle life for the rest of us, they’ll always be first in line.

A solution to this problem could be term limits. The hard choices that need to be made for our country will never be made by someone seeking lifetime membership in the exclusive halls of Congress.

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